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Kari Lerum Publishes "Should Prostitution be Decriminalized?"

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IAS faculty member Kari Lerum published “Should prostitution be decriminalized?” at The Conversation in partnership with PBS’ “Point Taken.” The essay was posted at PBS as recommended reading material for a debate on “Should paying for sex be a crime?” In this opinion piece Lerum argues that “it is becoming increasingly difficult for naysayers to ignore the well-documented ways that sex workers are harmed by criminalization,” and that “decriminalization of consensual sex work is one key step toward social and sexual justice.” An earlier article by Lerum, also about decriminalization of sex work, was also included by PBS as recommended reading.